California Wine Country News - 9/25
Jewish Blessings of the Grapes this Weekend
There will be a Jewish blessing of the grapes ceremony on Sunday, September 30th, at noon at Hagafen Cellars. It will be conducted by Rabbi Oren Postrel of Congregation Beth Sholom in Napa. The public is free to stop by at the blessings, which will take place at several other locations during the day.
Ernie Weir, the founder and winemaker at Hagafen, said, “The Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot falls at this time and since we are also harvesting grapes, we thought it would make sense to align the two calendars, of Mother Nature and Jewish history.”
‘The Imposter’ from JC Cellars
JC Cellars just released the first vintage of a new Zinfandel based wine called The Imposter. Winemaker Jeff Cohn said, “I wanted a new challenge; something fresh and exciting. Creating a new wine that is neither a vineyard nor varietal designate is indeed a change for me.”
It should be an interesting wine, made with 72% Zinfandel, 11% Syrah, and a bit of Petite Sirah, Mourvedre and Viognier. The name was inspired by Cohn’s favorites TV mystery classics, like Colombo and McMillan and Wife.
The domain name winecast.com is now up for sale
In other news, the domain name winecast.com is up for sale. Mick Winter, who currently owns the name, originally purchased it in 1999, when it was bundeled with wine.com. “We originally intended to use it for audio/videocasting of wine reviews, winemaker interviews, and other wine and wine industry news,” he said. “However, we’ve decided to focus on other areas and instead put the domain name on the open market.”